Friday, 26 September 2014

Make Healthy Choices NOT Harsh Choices

World Heart Day, annual observance and celebration held on September 29 that is intended to increase public awareness of cardiovascular diseases, including their prevention and their global impact. In 1999 the World Heart Federation (WHF), in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the establishment of World Heart Day. The idea for this annual event was conceived by Antoni Bayés de Luna, president of WHF from 1997–99. World Heart Day was originally (until 2011) observed on the last Sunday in September, with the first celebration taking place on September 24, 2000.
Cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death globally. In the early 2000s, roughly 17 million people worldwide died from cardiovascular diseases annually. The majority of these deaths were the result of coronary heart disease or stroke. Although cardiovascular diseases are often considered to be afflictions of people living in developed countries, where sedentary lifestyle is common, more than 80 percent of deaths from these diseases occur in low- and middle-income developing countries.

The primary causes of cardiovascular diseases—poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking—are considered modifiable factors. Thus, even in developing countries, which often lack efficient health care programs, the majority of these diseases can be prevented. Cardiovascular diseases also have a major impact on economic systems within countries, because of the high health care costs associated with treatment and lost productivity associated with disability and absenteeism from work.

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain so, according to WHO. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2005 that’s more than victims of cancer, HIV and AIDS and malaria representing 30 percent of all global deaths.

Heart Day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. This is the perfect day to quit smoking, get exercising and start eating healthy – all in the name of keeping your ticker in good working order, and improving the health and well being of people the world over. Overeating, lack of exercise, unhealthy diets and high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels are all factors which can trigger heart disease and threaten our own lives, and those of loved ones. Heart Day was set up to drive home the message that heart problems can be prevented.

Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:
§  Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
§  Smoking.
§  Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
§  Overweight.
§  Obesity.
§  Physical inactivity.

Protect Your Heart
Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol will reduce your risk of dying of heart disease. Here are some tips to protect your heart:

Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on your medications.
Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt; low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • ·  Take a brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
  • ·  Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.

Heart attacks have several major warning signs and symptoms:
·         Chest pain or discomfort.
·         Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach.
·         Shortness of breath.
·         Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats.

World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death. Together with organizations such as WHO, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – which are tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – are controlled. World Heart Day started in 1999 and is held on the last Sunday of September every year.
 Each year’s celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health. 2014’s theme is creating heart-healthy environments. Together with World Heart Federation members, World Heart Day spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol – are controlled. The success of World Heart Day depends on the proactivity of organizations from around the world to help us spread awareness of CVD, the world’s number one killer.

World Heart Day 2014 Theme
This year, World Heart Day’s theme is creating heart-healthy environments. The places in which we live, work and play should not increase our risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). But individuals frequently cannot make heart-healthy choices due to environmental factors, such as the availability of healthy food or smoke-free zones.

The aim is to improve health globally by encouraging people to make lifestyle changes and promoting education internationally about ways to be good to your heart. This lesson is becoming increasingly relevant as reports of obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity in children and young people become more and more common. So on Heart Day, get involved, eat your fruit and vegetables and get outside; both you and your heart will feel the benefits.

This World Heart Day, the focus is on creating heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day 2014 encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us. There are many ways to get involved, from signing our petition to planning your own World Heart Day event. Please help us to give everyone the right to make Healthy Choices NOT harsh Choices.

Friday, 19 September 2014

BFCET celebrated Engineer’s Day, 2014

Principal Manish Goyal lighting the lamp on Engineer's' day.
Entire country celebrated the Engineers’ day. September 15 is fêted every year in India as Engineers ' Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of the well-known engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya who was born on the same day in 1860. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Internationally acclaimed for his brilliance in harnessing water resources. He was responsible for the successful design and construction of several river dams, bridges and implementing irrigation and drinking water schemes all over India.

He served as the Dewan of Mysore State and was considered to be the architect of the all-round development of Karnataka. Among his most successful projects are the design and construction of the K.R. Sagar dam and its adjoining Brindavan Gardens, turn-around of the Bhadravati Iron and Steel Works, setting up of the Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory and many more such beautiful infrastructures.

Engineering Students rewarded for their achievements.
Scientists dream about doing great things.
Engineers do them.

Honoring the success of M. Visvesvaraya, Baba Farid College of Engineering & Technology celebrated ‘Engineers Day’ on 15th September 2014. Mr. Harpal Singh, Deputy Director (F&M) & Mr. B.D Sharma Deputy Director (Activities) BFGI had graced the occasion with their presence as distinguished guests. Er. Manish Goyal, Assistant Director (Academics), formally welcomed the Guests, along with other dignitaries and students present over there. He addressed the students and told about importance of the Engineer’s Day. Engineer’s Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the birthday of the legendary engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.

Some of the achievements of M. Visvesvaraya during his career:
·         He remodelled the entire city & improved its drainage system in Hyderabad.
·         He introduced block system of irrigation & water weir flood gates in Bombay.
·         He was involved in building railway bridges and water schemes in Bihar and Orissa.
·         He supervised the construction of Asia’s biggest dam, KRS dam in Mysore at that time.
·         At the peak of his career he got several international offers to work on bigger challenges, but he took the offer of the Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar, to contribute for the development of the state.
·         Mahatma Gandhi has also praised the administration of mysore general & engineering feats of Sir MV in particular.

 After his retirement:
·         He was involved in several national committees and bodies where he repeatedly emphasized over the importance of engineering & technology in national development.
·         He was even awarded the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna for his contribution towards development of the country.
·         Sir MV had dedicated his entire life towards development of the nation and he epitomized all the qualities of an ideal engineer throughout this life.
·         Hence it is natural for India to honor him by celebrating his birthday as Engineers’ Day.

Dedicating this day to Sir M. Visvesvaraya and admiring his achievements students of Computer science and Engineering, BFCET, Anmol and Vanshita gave pleasing presentation on the life history of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Apurva, student of Information Technology, had given speech on the theme of Engineers Day “Making Indian Engineering World Class”. On this occasion the students of BFCET performed skit which is based on the theme of “Outstanding Women Award “. 

Mr. B.D. Sharma, Deputy Director (Activities), BFGI shared his views on this occasion and motivated the students to implement their ideas and knowledge to prepare innovative models to serve the society.  After that, students were awarded for their achievements in Robotics, Project making and other technical activities. Balraj, Anuj, Sandeep, Sukhjinder and Bhagat raj of electronics and communication engineering were specially appreciated for bagging 1st position in Robo war in a National level Techfest held at IIT Guwhati. At last Er. Jarnail Singh, Deputy Dean(Activities) extended heartiest congratulations to the students for their achievements and presented vote of thanks to  the Guests and other dignitaries for sparing their valuable time. Mr. G.S. Dhaliwal, Chairman, BFGI congratulations to the whole staff & students of BFCET on Engineer’s Day.

On this Engineers' Day in India which is celebrated in the memory of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, BFGI wishes every engineer of this country to be in high regard as an unsurpassed engineer in India like Mokshagundam!!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Expressing Gratitude to Our Motivators, Mentors & Guides

BFGI honours 113 teachers on ‘Teacher’s day’ with Cash prizes worth Rs 12 Lakh

The idea of celebrating Teachers' Day took ground in many countries during the 20th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education (for example, Argentina commemorates Domingo Faustino Sarmiento's death on September 11 since 1915, while India celebrates Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birthday on September 5 since 1962. This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

In a classroom full of students with different learning abilities, the teacher faces a formidable challenge -- how to teach each child to his or her maximum potential. While some children in the class may find the lesson too mundane or boring, if it is "dumbed down," other children may find it difficult to cope with difficult concepts. So how does a teacher teach at an optimum level, such that both sets of extreme learning abilities are nurtured?

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.
                                                                                                                                             Dan Rather

Understanding the worth and valuing the efforts of teachers, Baba Farid Group of Institutions celebrated ‘Teacher’s Day’ today in its campus wherein all the teaching staff was present and 113 teachers were rewarded with cash prizes worth Rs 12 lakh on the occasion. Apart from this BFGI Talented teacher Contest was also organized in the campus. Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Chairman, BFGI and Mrs. Paramjeet Kaur Dhaliwal, Director Admin, BFGI started the celebration with candle lighting ceremony.

Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Chairman, BFGI addressed the gathering saying, “This day is celebrated since 5th September, 1962 is the birthday of Dr. S RadhaKrishanan, a philosopher and an educator who dedicated this day as a Teacher’s day”. Emphasizing on the duties and responsibilities of the teachers, he added that teachers are the best mind in the country and they should act as the role models to the students along with helping them to become better citizens.

Wishing for the staff on the occasion, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Chairman, BFGI said that BFGI is proud to have such dedicated, hardworking, sincere and loyal staff whose commendable work and commitment BFGI has achieved this position in the region and is still geared up to reach the soaring heights. He also said that BFGI took the initiative to reward its Teachers twice a year on the basis of 360 degree evaluation and they are honored with cash prizes on Teacher’s Day every year. The evaluation process comprised of 4 segments; the teachers falling in top most segment were rewarded with Rs 30,000 and those falling in other segments were rewarded Rs 20,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5000 respectively. BFGI believes that motivated teachers will have greater satisfaction and hence improve their performance. “On behalf of the Management I would like to thank the entire staff of BFGI for helping it achieve each goal it sets for itself and also congratulated all the teachers who have been rewarded on this special occasion; we will make sure that BFGI continues to give such rewards to its staff in future as well”, added Mr. Dhaliwal. 

Teachers also shared their views on the occasion and made it a memorable day with cultural performances. To unleash the talent of BFGI teachers and to entitle ‘BFGI Talented Teacher’, a competition was organized which comprised of Introduction Round, Talent Show Round and Question-Answer Round. This contest was judged by Mr. B.D. Sharma, Mr. Amitoj Dhaliwal and Ms Taranveer Kaur. After the final judgment round Mr. Baldeep Singh & Madam Razia were chosen as talented teachers. Others present on the occasion were Deputy Directors, Principals, HoDs, and Teaching staff members.

Teachers tap the fertile mind of young children and plant the seed of curiosity in them. This inculcates the values of self-learning, exploration, and philosophical inquiry. We have seen many young children who took the spark of imagination to unimaginable heights. We have known little origami enthusiasts to grow up to become engineers of cutting edge technology. We have met kids suffering from dyslexia who grew up and became famous surgeons. Who, other than a great teacher, could have been instrumental in this phenomenal rise?

Friday, 29 August 2014

Nuclear Weapons are not a sign of Strength, but a path to extinction of Human Race & Mother Earth

In 1954, some engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory made a little miscalculation before a nuclear weapons test. Their hydrogen bomb was more than twice as powerful as expected. It created a 15 megaton blast that showered a Japanese fishing boat and several Pacific islands with radioactive fallout. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of today’s nuclear weapons which are far more powerful and destructive Subsequent incidents world-wide have provided compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

Today, 29th August 2014 is being observed as The International Day against Nuclear Tests which is need of the hour seeing the catastrophic effects of Nuclear Experiments all over the world from last 5 decades. It was established on December 2, 2009 at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly by the resolution 64/35, which was adopted unanimously. The resolution in particular calls for increasing awareness "about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world”. The resolution was initiated by Kazakhstan together with several sponsors and cosponsors to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on August 29, 1991. Following the establishment of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, in May 2010 all state parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons committed themselves to "achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. There has been little consideration of the devastating effects of testing on human life, let alone the understanding of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Early on, having nuclear weapons was a measure of scientific sophistication or military might. Today, it is an ugly race which is leading to Nuclear Tests without taking necessary security measures in place because every country wants to have nuclear weapons so that they are not left behind the Supreme Powers of the world.

2010 marked the inaugural commemoration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Each year, since then, the day has been observed by coordinating various activities throughout the world, such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, and instruction in academic institutions, media broadcasts and others. A number of events have been held at United Nations Headquarters, as well. Similar activities are planned for the 2013 observance.

The International Day against Nuclear Tests, together with other events and actions, has fostered a global environment with more optimistic prospects towards a world free of nuclear weapons. There have been visible signs of progress on various fronts but, equally, challenges remain. We hope that one day all nuclear weapons will be eliminated. Until then, there is a need to observe International Day against Nuclear Tests as we work towards promoting peace and security world-wide.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Pardeep Sran, a student of BFGI is selected among top 10 contestants of “India’s Raw Star”

It’s a matter of Pride for Baba Farid Group of Institutions that Pardeep Sran, a student of MBA at Baba Farid College of Management & Technology is selected among the top 10 singers in the recently occurring singing talent show named “ India’s Raw Star” which will be shown at National Channel Starplus. Pardeep Sran had already won the heart of lakhs of people by winning the Punjabi singing contest “Voice of Punjab” in the year 2011.

Born and brought up in Malout, 22 year old Pardeep Singh believes music is his friend. Folk songs are his forte. It can be said that music runs in his family as his father is a singer too. He enjoys playing musical instruments like the Harmonium, Dafli and Tumbi.

India’s Raw Star is a platform to find the ultimate performing artist who, with an unconventional and original style, can bring in a visual experience to music. Someone who can go beyond only singing and create a distinct style of music, irrespective of his/her singing language or music genre. Yo Yo Honey Singh, India’s youth icon will be a mentor-judge-friend to the budding Raw Stars, and had himself conducted India’s first ever digital only auditions.

 Pardeep through his melodious voice is the only person in the Punjab state who is been selected among the top 10 singers at “India’s Raw Star” contest. It’ worth mentioning this show will be judged by the very famous rapper, music director & Singer; Honey Singh. India’s Raw Star will be hosted by the very popular and pretty face Known as the winner of winner of Big Boss 7 in 2013 and first runner-up of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 in 2009, Gauhar Khan. Pardeep’s Father Parkash Sran, residing in Fazilka’s Village named as Aazamwala is a folk singer & successful farmer. Pardeep’s mother, Amrit Sran is a wonderful teacher as well a great writer. With the immense support given by pardeep’s parent to his child, he was able to win “International Dance Competition” at the age of 12.

Singing has always been Pardeep’s passion from his childhood. He is a marvelous singer who has also won gold medal at Youth Fest in “Folk Singing” Competition during his college days. Pardeep has won lot many positions and medals not only in singing & dancing competition but also in sports activities. He has won loads of medals in swimming, hockey, throw ball, basketball etc. competitions at state level. Pardeep while pursuing his studies made loads of practice to reach at “India’s Raw Star” contest.

Pardeep’s parents are sharing the credit of Pardeep’s great success not only with god but also with his relatives, Chairman, BFGI, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Admin Director, BFGI, Mrs. Parmjit Kaur Dhaliwal and teachers as all these people have supported pardeep and gave him so many golden opportunities to showcase his wonderful talent to everyone. , Chairman, BFGI, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal congratulated Pardeep’s parents on pardeep’s grand success. Mr. Dhaliwal said that, “BFGI is really proud of Pardeep as he is the only singer from Punjab whi is been selected among top 10 contests of ‘India’s Raw Star’ 2014 and now he needs a great support from whole of Punjab to win this contest.” The program is going to start on 24th August and will be broadcasted at 7:00 pm on every Sunday at starplus.